Robotic bee

Robotic bee

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Credit: VOLKER STEGER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Robotic bee for aeronautics research. The apparatus consists of an artificial wing (grey, centre) suspended in a tank of paraffin oil. As the wing flaps in the viscous fluid, it produces turbulence. This is seen by the movement of air bubbles (green) illuminated by a pulsed laser light. Understanding the way in which insect wings work may help in the design of aircraft wings. Photographed at the University of Ulm, Germany.

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